Former president Olusegun Obasanjo said he has witnessed the emergence of three Olus of Warri and prayed not to witness the coronation of the fourth in his lifetime.
Obasanjo made the remark while paying homage to Ogiame Atuwatse III, the newly-crowned Olu of Warri, in Warri, Delta State, on Sunday.
Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, a 37-year-old serial entrepreneur, was, on Saturday, crowned the 21st Olu of Warri, and immediately assumed the title of Ogiame Atuwatse III.
The former president deferred to the new monarch by kneeling before him.
He urged Itsekiri sons and daughters to work with the new monarch to achieve greater development in the kingdom, adding that he is praying for the new monarch and wishing him long life and a peaceful reign.
He said: “I am one of the happiest on your installation because God has especially favoured me to see three Olus and I don’t pray to see the fourth one.
“I want to emphasise that the position you occupy today is given to you by God but with your own people surrounding you and you must always remember that.